Angel Fire Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 14 Beginner
  • 36 Intermediate
  • 29 Advanced
Angel Fire Resort is a family ski & snowboard resort nestled high up in the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico, 23 miles from Taos. Skiing. Snowboarding. Cross-country. Snowmobiling. If your family is into it, so are we. With over 500 skiable acres, two freestyle terrain parks, a halfpipe and two brand new glade ski areas, Angel Fire Resort ... has enough to keep the family happy all week long. Our comfortable resort, relaxed atmosphere and the beautiful natural setting of New Mexico provide a warm welcome for kids of all ages. Read more

Angel Fire Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Angel Fire Operations


Plan to Open 12/09

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 7

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 79

Weekend Hours


Angel Fire Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

8,600 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

2,077 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

10,677 ft

Angel Fire Ski Pictures and Photos

Angel Fire Logo
Angel Fire Trail Map

Angel Fire Reviews & Tips (45)

Just returned from a week at Angel Fire and Taos. We all preferred Angel Fire. No lift lines. Averaging 14-16 runs a day. Hadn't snowed for awhile but the conditions were pretty good. Grew up skiing on ice in the East Coast. Perfect place to teach children and grand children to ski. If accommodations were closer we would of skied more days at Angel Fire.
Angel Fire review written Mar 02 2016 - 07:41 PM
James B Advanced Skier
If you are there for multiple days, make sure you concentrate on the front side of the mountain on first day if possible. High winds are most likely to close the main front-side lift first. I was there two days. Front side was closed 2 hours on day 1 and all day on day 2. Liftopia's no-refund policy is very risky with Angel Fire because that mountain is so finicky. I would consider direct purchase at Angel Fire for that reason even though more expensive. But I would definitely use Liftopia again for Taos and Red River. This was a great mountain for me as I transition between beginner and intermediate skills. Lots of blues with varying degrees of difficulty.
Angel Fire review written Feb 04 2016 - 02:42 PM
Ron from Austin Intermediate Skier
Great mountain for new skiers and a great family area. Our family had a wonderful time with great snow. I would recommend this resort to any family with children. The prices were also something we could afford for all including ski rentals and all day lift passes.
Angel Fire review written Mar 14 2015 - 08:56 PM
Todd L Advanced Skier
Had a great time in Angel Fire! The lifts are nice the trails are fun! Went there the first weekend in February and the base was 34". Went down hells bells for the first time and loved it! There was good cover and hardly any ice on all the runs and almost every trail was open,! I love angel fire it's a great place for all levels of skiers and you can really hone your skills. Also spent a day in Red River, really like their terrain park, but their lifts arn't great.
Angel Fire review written Feb 09 2015 - 09:01 PM
Nicolaus Advanced Skier
Good place to take beginners, but not this year. Very little snow, and icy. Wait until next year. Wind closed all lifts except ski school lift one day, and because we got our tickets through Liftopia, we did not get a refund like the people who got their tickets directly through Angel Fire. Not that we could have predicted the weather. Close destination, small resort, welcoming. Just wait until next year.
Angel Fire review written Mar 04 2014 - 07:07 AM
Michelle Intermediate Skier
The slopes were good. The slopes were setup to accommodate mainly Beginner to Intermediate in my opinion. Taos has way more advanced slopes. Overall this mountain is worth it for the money. I stayed at the Challet condos. Nice place but get an upstairs condo otherwise you hear every step of your upstairs neighbor.
Angel Fire review written Feb 05 2014 - 10:50 PM
Steven A Beginner Skier
Just got back from Angel Fire. It is a great beginner spot. Had snow first day of skiing, Dec 30. Still a bit icy in spots and lots of thin cover places. Lift lines were long at times. Waited 20 mins at bottom several times. Backside was better, but slopes got crowded at times. Had problem with so many beginners on intermediate slopes. Its been 18 years since we have been to Angel Fire and its grown. Had a great time. Definitely recommend LIftopia for tickets. Very easy, quick and paid in advance. Village Ski Shop and the Eby brothers were great for equipment and lodging rentals. Overall, great vacation.
Angel Fire review written Jan 06 2014 - 09:00 AM
sj Intermediate Skier
We skied the first through third, conditions were icy and rocky. We stayed at Resort Properties across the street from the drop off, great facilities accommodated six of us. Used liftopia for our adult tickets, they were very easy and waiting on us that morning. Angel fire is a family place, tons of kids!
Angel Fire review written Jan 05 2014 - 08:03 AM
Cwl Intermediate Skier
Don't go on Spring Break (Mar 16-20th)... too icy at top and slushy at base. Runs would be great... if they had more snow.
Angel Fire review written Mar 20 2013 - 09:59 AM
JPerez Beginner Skier
Have not skied Angel Fire in almost 30 years, but remembered it being a family friendly place. It still is!!! Wonderful, friendly and helpful staff - from the employees on the mountain to the Liftopia employee that gave us our lift tickets and rental claim tickets! Check in was a breeze and so easy. We will use Liftopia for all future ski trips to purchase rentals and lift tickets! Our daughter learned to ski at age 6 & this was her 3rd year to ski. She was a pro on the last day. Nice big wide greens and blues. She hit 3 blues on the last day. Very proud parents and so happy that we made the decission to ski Angel Fire. We'll be back!
Angel Fire review written Mar 15 2013 - 09:53 PM
Kimberley Booth Intermediate Skier
A family trip with our two youngest aged 6 & 8, Spring conditions meant a little ice first thing becoming soft in the afternoon. Best time to ski between 10am and 1230. We had a blast. Liftopia tickets accepted at any ticket window. They won't exchange the ticklets until the first day of the coupon, (we had one day tickets followed by three day tickets, and we had to go back the second day to collect the 3 day tickets) but otherwise no problems at all. Great resort, friendly and helpful staff. We been here before and it is one of our favorites.
Angel Fire review written Mar 10 2013 - 04:09 PM
Andrew Gibbs Intermediate Skier
I second Craig's comments on hidden bonuses next to Liberation Terrain Parkas well as the glades begin fun for our own group. I also found the lift attendees and mountain staff to be friendly and accommodating. It's hard to beat the value considering the powder still available on the mountain and careful grooming.
Angel Fire review written Mar 04 2013 - 07:48 AM
Jerry Advanced Skier
As others have said, Angel Fire is a great place for families. Long sweeping greens and blues, nicely groomed and easy to access. But there are a few hidden bonuses there for those looking for a bit more excitement! When coming off either the Chile or Southwest lifts, head through the Liberation Terrain Park. Stay left and you'll find a selection of steeps to provide an interesting challenge to most. They tend to get just slightly easier the further you go, so head to Hells Bells if you're a bit weary. We also found the glades (Shane's and Eagle) to be an absolute blast. Expect some moguls in there, but they're open enough for even the inexperienced tree skier to find their way safely. Eagle Glades was slightly flatter than Shane's if you're looking to choose between the two. Overall Angel Fire is a fun mountain which gives you a reprieve from the infamous non-groomed steeps of Taos Ski Valley.
Angel Fire review written Mar 03 2013 - 07:29 PM
Craig Advanced Skier
This may have to become an annual trip for us until the kids get older! It is such a great mountain for taking young kids. We had our baby in daycare and our 5yr-old in ski school. 2 days of ski school really paid off, and on the third day, she was confident going down the greens with starfish arms and french fries and small pizza. The lifts were not congested, and if you're not waiting for the Chili (on the other side of the mountain) there was hardly any waiting at all.
Angel Fire review written Feb 19 2013 - 02:15 PM
JW Intermediate Skier
Had a good presidents day weekend. A little icey and watch for bare spots. they really need more snow. All in all we had a very good time. I was a little disappointed on how long it took to get our lift tickets after purchasing them from Liftopia and make sure you read the fine print. We took our 6 grade grandson thinking he would ski free, but that is only if you purchased the tickets at the slope, so all in all it cost me more going through liftopia than if we would have just waited and bought all the tickets there.
Angel Fire review written Feb 19 2013 - 01:32 PM
Gary Intermediate Skier
If you live in Louisiana, then Angel Fire during Mardi Gras is for you. Great discounts, great skiing, no crowds, and friendly folks. Our first time skiing with the kids. It was great.
Angel Fire review written Feb 13 2013 - 05:45 PM
Marc Advanced Skier
Skied Angel Fire 2/3-2/5 and conditions were fine for an intermediate or beginner skier. Most runs were good. A few runs had a little dirt or rocks showing but not many. I only saw a few black runs closed. Jasper, Bodacious, and prospector got very icey though near the top late afternoon. Still we had a great time with almost no lift lines. Angel Fire is perfect in my opinion for families and very easy to let the kids ski by themselves. Hangout at the base of the Chili and you will see them soon. They definitely need more snow though. Conditions are not good for any die hard skier who craves fresh powder.
Angel Fire review written Feb 07 2013 - 09:47 AM
Jeff S Intermediate Skier
Wait until they get more snow. Thye long greens were okay, but the blues had ice, rocks and bear ground. The staff as always were great. Tthe restaurants were excellent and the prices were reasonable.
Angel Fire review written Jan 26 2013 - 02:54 PM
Ronald Intermediate Skier
The mountain is terrific for families. The "Headin' Home" run skirts the front perimeter of the mountain. It's long, but has a bit of variety and is a good confidence booster for newer skiers. My husband and I prefer "Hully Gully" for a bit more excitement. The advanced runs are terrific and challenging when they are open. There was not much of a base over the holidays, so they are closed until some snow arrives. There is a wonderful terrain park with its own lift (only runs on weekends and holidays). It's within view of a snack bar/deck at the top, so you can watch your kids work the terrain park. The features are incremental, so it's great for folks learning stunts. Pro tip: For families wanting to save money, rent a condo and take casseroles, chili etc. to warm up. You will save time and money and have more of a chance to chill out and relax in front of the fire in the evening.
Angel Fire review written Jan 08 2013 - 01:14 PM
Elizabeth Austin Advanced Skier
It was our first time to Angel Fire and we had a great time. The town was smaller than I expected but it was great for hitting the slopes. The mountain was not crowded and the lift lines were short. Towards the end of our trip we could have used more snow because many of the runs had thin cover, but I suspect most new mexico ski resorts were probably a little short on snow. I recommend the glade ski runs. We didn't do them till our last day and regretted not doing it earlier.
Angel Fire review written Jan 08 2013 - 07:41 AM
Jason Intermediate Skier
Our group of two families had a great time on Spring Break skiing. The weather perfect with snow both days and minimal waiting in line. The ski runs were great for beginners. The Sunset Grill located next to the lifts has GREAT food and drinks. Loved the hamburgers and fries for a decent price. Avoid the cafeteria on the slopes which is overpriced and not that great. The pizza restraunt, can't remember the name, close to the lifts was expensive and not to great. Don't waste your money. We wish we would have tried the Angel Fired Pizza. We definitely plan to come back to ski Angelfire again.
Angel Fire review written Mar 27 2012 - 04:22 AM
Marla Beginner Skier
We bought a three day pass and each one has a built in "flex" day so as long as you ski 3 out of 4 days you're good. On the day we didn't ski we did the was a great time! No walking the tubes back to the top like Taos or Red River; Angel Fire has a "moving sidewalk" that takes you back to the top of the tubing run...nice! If you stay in the condos and want to cook, there is a great little grocery store in town called Lowe's...good selection and reasonable prices for feeding a family rather than going out for every meal. Will definately return again in the lull after President's day and before Spring Break.
Angel Fire review written Mar 05 2012 - 08:10 AM
Darren Beginner Skier
Angel Fire is a short drive from Taos on a well-maintained road. Lift tickets cost must less than Taos Mountain, especially if you purchase ahead with the discount from Liftopia. Good selection of runs from beginner to expert. Plenty of terrain; good snow; pleasant attendants on Valentine's Day 2012. I'll definitely ski here again in lieu of Taos Mtn. (which I truly enjoy).
Angel Fire review written Feb 19 2012 - 04:37 PM
Jane Intermediate Skier
My husband and I had a BLAST!!! We had been watching the weather before opening day and they received quite a bit of new snow but then Monday, December 19th brought that wonderful blizzard. I think they reported 1ft 1/2 of new snow total. I can't remember exactly how much but it was awesome since it helped open up 17 new runs. We made it there even with some road closures and we boarded on the 21st and 22nd. The first day was amazing, sun shining, fresh powder, no lift lines, etc. The second day was great too; cloudy with steady light-medium snow flurries the entire day. We really got the best of both worlds in our little trip. We boarded the back of the mountain (no lift lines) as well as the front (no lines). There were times when we were the only ones on a run for a long time. Just an amazing feeling being able to tear it up without running into anyone. I can't believe how non-busy it was after they got pounded with all of that snow, oh well we enjoyed it! ;) We stayed at the Lodge and all of the staff inside and outside were super nice to us. They always greeted us with a smile as we got on the lifts and asked how our day was going. We even ate at the Legends Grill, Bagel/Coffee shop, Village Haus, etc. We were very pleased with the service, quality, and price. The only negative was the Chile Express Chair Lift. Day one--we rode the the Chile Express 4 times in a row and it wasn't a big deal, however, day two (windy, cloudy, snowing) we rode it only a couple of times before deciding we couldn't do it any longer. It was so cold/uncomfortable/long that we decided to finish our day on the back side of the mountain and would ride down to the front when it was close to 4pm. If they could have somehow made the chair lift faster especially for those colder/snowy days, there would be have been no complaints. All in all, this was a great 2-day trip for us, probably some of the best boarding we have done in a while. The runs were great and we love the layout of the mountain! Couldn't have asked for a better mini-vaca to hold us over until Spring Break when we head to Copper Mountain.
Angel Fire review written Dec 27 2011 - 05:39 PM
Sarah T. Intermediate Snowboarder
My fiance and I went to Angel Fire to explore possible wedding sites. We are HUGE snowboarders and with there only have been 31" We were both very pleased with the trails that were still open. It was super easy to obtain our tickets. Go straight up to ticket office, there is no specific window you have to go to. This was a totally legit site :)!!!
Angel Fire review written Mar 25 2011 - 09:01 PM
Tina Intermediate Snowboarder
Great for beginners and to teach kids. Snow is not that good at spring break and a lot of the runs are not open due to lack of snow. Lines are 10-15 min. long to get on lifts. Winter months might be better.
Angel Fire review written Mar 22 2011 - 11:08 PM
Yrot Advanced Skier
Great place for family skiing. Took a 5 & 9 yr old and had a great time. Snow was getting scarce by the end of spring break. After 2:00 expect to pole on most all runs on the front side. We won't go during Spring Break again. Stayed in Eagle Nest at D&D. Worked great have a Kitchenette. We will be going again next year
Angel Fire review written Mar 18 2011 - 08:24 PM
Trey Intermediate Skier
Good place to ski for beginners, not advanced. Blues are good for beginners but are not tough enough for an advanced skier. Don't go over spring break because snow just isn't very good. If you are an advance skier most of the blacks are not even open due to lack of snow. Long lift lines also.
Angel Fire review written Mar 18 2011 - 04:50 PM
Yrot Advanced Skier
Beware the high winds! They shut down the main lift at 2:30 due to high winds on the 23rd of Feb. The boarding was great for the most part, it snowed all morning, so the powder was pretty nice on most of the runs in the morning. The backside of the mountain has some pretty fun runs and the front side is nice up high, but beware as you get down lower it is not as fun for boarders especially because all the runs merge and you have some flat trail-like runs to the end. Overall, it was a great day on the mountain.
Angel Fire review written Feb 28 2011 - 07:10 AM
Shane D. Advanced Snowboarder
Angel Fire was good. A little icy on the back side of the slopes, but all around good.
Angel Fire review written Feb 24 2011 - 06:10 PM
Matt Advanced Snowboarder
Just returned last night from our President's Weekend ski trip and it was great. My family loves to ski at Angel Fire - the runs are very beginner friendly (we usually take some first-time skiers with us)and the blues are just challenging enough for us. Some things are simply uncontrollable (weather, wind, etc.) Some places were slushy at first because of unually warm weather, then we had a pretty big snowfall Saturday night and the fresh powder on Sunday was fantastic! Chile Express was closed due to high winds so they shuttled us to the back side. We waited around an hour in line, my only complaint was that they should've had more than 1 bus, but at least they did accommodate us and we had a great day! We give AF top ratings!
Angel Fire review written Feb 22 2011 - 02:32 PM
Vickey Intermediate Skier
Angel Fire is great for beginners and new skiers. The mountain is perfect for learning and increasing skill. However, for the advanced skier, the mountain can get very boring. AF cannot be beat for family skiing though. The lifts are fast and I have never waited longer than 1 minute in line. We haver gone 3 straight years in mid Feb and the snow has been great, lines short, and skiing wonderful.
Angel Fire review written Feb 20 2011 - 11:25 AM
T Advanced Skier
Only rent your gear for one day and then keep it however long you need it. There is no penalty for doing this way and you don't put your money at risk if your plans change. If you prepay for a multiday rental and have to leave early you will not get a refund!
Angel Fire review written Feb 18 2011 - 08:38 PM
Brad Qualls Advanced Snowboarder
We had an awesome day skiing at Angel Fire on 02/10/2011. Angel Fire had just received a huge dumping of snow on 02/08/2011. We skiied the entire day and were completely exhaused at the end of the day. The back side of the mountain was supurb!!!
Angel Fire review written Feb 13 2011 - 10:36 AM
Jayne Advanced Skier
Had an awesome time skiing on the 4th. They had just received about 13" of nice powder. Jessica at Village Ski Shop was super helpful getting us fitted at out on the runs. Thanks Discover Angel Fire for getting us great rates on the chalet condo.
Angel Fire review written Feb 07 2011 - 02:44 PM
Jaycee Intermediate Skier
Rode the night session on January 22nd and had a great time at the park on Exhibition. The mountain got 2" of snow overnight and we rode some nicely groomed runs on the 23rd. The foot access trails were open on the 23rd and had a few powder stashes.
Angel Fire review written Jan 24 2011 - 02:19 PM
Riptank Boardshop Advanced Snowboarder
Agree with comments that this is a light snow year, so far. They have worked hard to keep runs open, but without fresh snow, and the warm days/cold nights, lot's of ice coming through in places. Still a great family place to go. Lacks more extreme skiing, but isn't that what Taos is for? And a short drive away. AF is on our list each year to spend a long weekend. Lines are short or fast, runs are good leisurely cruisers. Lots of accomodatin close by, but almost all requires an uphill walk or short bus ride to reach base. Little night life, but fine for families with younger kids. Check snow reports carefully, later is often better (Feb/early Mar)
Angel Fire review written Jan 24 2011 - 10:21 AM
Stephen Intermediate Skier
Go early for night skiing. This website states it's open 5-9 pm but they closed the ticket office before 8 pm and shut the lifts and lights off at 8 pm. This was on a Friday night. We were a bit bummed by it.
Angel Fire review written Jan 24 2011 - 06:59 AM
Levi Intermediate Skier
Snow is a little light. Crowds were not too bad. Most difficult runs still closed. Stayed at Gold Creek Condos. Great place, closest to the lifts. Would recommend Angel Fire. Nice place, not too big. Affordable. Would not recommend Ski Tech Rentals.
Angel Fire review written Jan 18 2011 - 02:30 PM
Sam Intermediate Skier
This will be our 10 th year with our kids age 9,12,14. They have learned to ski here. Snow can be scarce especially in Jan. family friendly usually short or no lines especially on non holidays. We alwAys stay in Chalet condos right across from the resort. Recommend for families...not intense skiers as back runs are kinda short and front usually not fully open.
Angel Fire review written Jan 12 2011 - 05:54 PM
Jo H Intermediate Skier
I loved Skiing at Angel Fire. There are alot of good green and blue runs for beginners! The back basin usually has more snow than the front and less crowded.
Angel Fire review written Jan 04 2011 - 03:45 PM
Natalie Ashcraft Intermediate Skier
Great place for family skiing. Everyone else above me that left tips is completely accurate. Unfortunately when I was there, very few of there trails were open and there were alot of rocks and tree in the snow. Ski staff was fairly friendly. The resort was very nice, we had a King bed, resort staff was super slow and not very efficient. Food was pretty bad, and of course...watit for it, WAY over priced!! All in all, I think we'll return, but rent a condo with a kitchenette. We rented our ski's from Ski Tech, great place, highly recommend them!
Angel Fire review written Jan 04 2011 - 02:29 PM
Zach (Intermediate Skier) Intermediate Skier
The place is good for family, but make sure they have good snow. The people at resort will not be honest and upfront about details and accuracy of open lifts, runs etc. The hotel housekeeping sucks. Hotel is also not good as nobody in management cares about customer experience. My stay was very disappointing. Bad rooms, got checked in an un-clean room, housekeeping not leaving ammenities in the room, you need it - come down and get it. Honestly, I would consider visiting the place again, but would not stay in the resort hotel. There is a reason why hotel was so empty, certainly bad management team in place.
Angel Fire review written Dec 28 2010 - 03:39 PM
dka Intermediate Skier
Extremely crowded on lift lines when only three lifts/four runs were open...
Angel Fire review written Dec 21 2010 - 03:21 PM
Ray N Intermediate Skier
Don't fall into the nets!
Angel Fire review written Dec 16 2009 - 01:41 PM
Cheyenne Advanced Skier

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